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Simile Comparison of two things using LIKE or AS. Eg: Kane eats like a pig.
Metaphor Direct comparison of two things. Eg: Kane is a pig.
Onomatopoeia When the sound like the word they describing. Eg: boom, crash.
Alliteration Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of two or more words. Eg: more music
Assonance Repetition of vowel sounds within a series of words, e.g: The hooting toot of the car horn.
Rhyme Similarity of sound, usually found at the end of lines. E.g: late fate, follow swallow.
Repitition Words or phrases that are repeated, e.g: It was a very, very cold night.
Hyperbole A word that is exaggerated, e.g: tons of homework.
Pun Play on words. The use of homophones (words with same sound). eg: Meat me at the Factory (meat works)
Cliché An overused expression, e.g: Happily ever after.
Rhetorical Question A question that does not require an answer, e .g: Would you consider anything else?
Euphemism An understatement, e.g: He passed away.
Imperative A command, request, order, e.g: Do your homework now!
List of 3 or rule of 3 To mention 3 linked ideas, e.g: We want to inform, to amuse and to persuade you.
Data To give numbers or percentages.
Jargon Specialised language. e.g: syringe, stethoscope.
Slang Words or expressions that belong to a particular group of people.
Expert testimony To quote an expert to make the facts stronger, e.g. Professor Lau agreed, "More exercise will increase life expectancy."
Colloquial Language Relaxed and informal language, e.g.: “Can you check out the weather?” “Sure thing, no worries.”
Idiom Expressions which are not meant to be taken literally, eg: Pull up your socks!
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